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Teacher Appreciation Week Reflections: A Year of Gratitude, Challenges, and Progress

May 7, 2021

The 2020-2021 school year – WOW! Who knew? From the beginning of this year, until now, when talking with other educators throughout the state and across the country, the first question has been about our teaching situation. Are you in person, hybrid, synchronous, asynchronous, are you teaching kids in-person while simultaneously teaching kids online? The […]

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Cheerios and Cheers: A 100 Day Celebration of Public Education

April 30, 2021

The 100th day of school is a widely celebrated day for elementary school students across the country. Cheerio necklaces with 100 pieces are carefully strung. Scavenger hunts are conducted to round up 100 items and art projects showcase 100 dots in different formations. As we hit the 100th day of the Biden Administration, what are […]

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Foundation Launches New Envision Equity Grants Program

April 29, 2021

Starting April 26, 2021, the NEA Foundation announced the opening of a new grant opportunity aimed at igniting an equity-focused reimagining of public education that encourages students’ love of learning. Envision Equity Grants enable educators to test creative new ideas and innovations, demonstrating exemplary teaching and learning. They also support project-based learning and help educators […]

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Foundation Update – March 2021

March 2, 2021

  Virtual Gala Celebrates Public Education in Style! Educators’ big night was one to remember! More than 1,100 educators and public education advocates tuned in virtually to celebrate the achievements of outstanding educators from across the country at the NEA Foundation Salute to Excellence in Education Gala on Feb. 12. Casey Keyser (pictured below), a third-grade elementary school […]

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